We have been learning about Autumn in Julie Ann's class. We were very excited to start out first project this year . We researched different aspects of Autumn and collected some material for our projects. We presented them in front of the class. We also completed some Autumn scenes using the technique Pointillism. Lily created some lovely Autumn jewellery and Cathal completed his project using Powerpoint. We are looking forward to starting our next group projects.
In 3rd class we are learning the features of Recount Writing and becoming more independent writers. Have a look at some of our work.
We have had a busy return to school and have moved and got settled into our new classroom. This month we have been learning about The Human Skeleton, and how it supports and protects our bodies. Have a look at our Dancing Skeletons.
Today we read an amended version of a poem by Kenn Nesbitt, and then we were inspired to write our own version of it.
The Teachers Jumped Out of the Windows
Adapted from a poem by Kenn Nesbitt
The teachers jumped out of the windows.
The principal ran for the door.
All the SNA’s bolted.
They’re not coming back anymore.
The caretaker, hollering madly,
escaped out the door of the gym.
The after-school teachers shouted
and ran out the door after him.
The windows were closed, the blinds pulled down
And the lights turned off in haste,
while all of the students looked puzzled
as staff members scurried and raced.
We’d never seen anything like it.
But, still, it was pretty darn cool
to see all the staff so excited
to leave on the last day of school.
The Last Day of School
by the children of Second Class
On the last day of school,
The older kids streamed out the door,
The Infants flew out the windows,
So excited they flopped on the floor.
The students flooded the doors,
The teachers looked on in shock,
The caretaker was so surprised,
That he left the keys in the lock!
Eldon’s P.E. class backflipped outside,
And sprinted away from the teachers,
Caitríona was amazed,
To see the kids acting like wild creatures.
‘Yeeesssss!’ shouted the parents,
As their children ran out to meet them,
They danced and hugged each other,
To welcome and to greet them.
The kids were having a party,
Looking forward to the summer,
And they thought to themselves, “oh no!”
September will be a bummer.
As part of the Stay Safe programme, we have been talking about online safety. We watched this video in class - it would be well worth parents at home watching it and discussing it with your children.
We had our school tour today, to Clonard House in Mullingar. We had a fantastic time, spending half the day learning to be servants in a Victorian Manor, and the afternoon learning how the other half lived!
We've been learning all about money this month in Maths, and in Irish. We found a website with lots of fun games on it to practise counting money and making change, but we don't have time to play them all in class.
Why not give them a try at home?
Did you know that we review just about every book we ever read? We use the Goodreads website to do this, but you can see a feed of the books we have read on the Second Class homepage!
Yesterday we conducted an experiment to help us learn about Friction. We used air to push a straw along a piece of string, and tested to see which type of string would produce the most friction.
We tried ordinary twine, plastic-covered string, rope, ribbon, and finally twisted ribbon. We were initially surprised by the short distances travelled by the straws, but our last effort travelled the furthest - a grand total of 240cm!
In April, we were really lucky to have a visit from a local historian, Mervyn Ennis. Mervyn has lived in the Saggart area all his life and had lots of stories to tell us about the history of the area.
He touched on so many interesting aspects of our area's history, including the origins of the area's name: Teach Sacra. He also told us about the standing stones at Boherboy, the Sack 'Em Ups at Saggart's graveyard, the history of mills in our area, and even how the Declaration of Irish Independence was printed on paper that was milled right here in Saggart.
Mervyn shared so many interesting stories with us that it is impossible to note them all here - ask your child to fill you in on one of the stories he/ she remembers!